Welcome, San Diego
We are excited to announce that BLVD Treatment Centers’ path to recovery now leads to San Diego.
From the beginning, our mission at BLVD was about bringing positive transformation to as many people as possible through the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Our San Diego location represents our third Intensive Outpatient (IOP) facility in Southern California and the next important step on our mission’s path.
Located in a tree-lined and walkable section of the popular neighborhood of Hillcrest, it is a neighborhood well-known for its variety of cafés, restaurants, and shops. This location is also conveniently situated near the bays, downtown, Balboa Park, and the airport. Add to this San Diego’s mild climate, low humidity, and good air quality and you have what may be a recovery paradise.
Growing Our Commitment
The San Diego location continues our commitment to an evidence-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed approach to treatment. All of our clients receive a specially tailored plan of care that includes individual and group therapy, exclusive treatment tracks, and other services.
The new San Diego facility is spacious, well-appointed, and like our other locations, designed to look and feel like a cool boutique hotel or club. The vibe is modern and the feel is comfortable and nurturing. Our concierge level service is intense and personal.
So, Why BLVD?
With BLVD’s program, we treat both addiction and co-occurring disorders as part of an integrated approach to treatment.
Why does this matter?
Substance-related disorders and psychiatric disorders co-occur at high rates: This is a fact that has been well established. As compared with the general population, people addicted to drugs are twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, with the reverse also true1. Unfortunately, recent research has shown that only about half of those living with co-occurring disorders will receive treatment.
The Causes of Addiction
In the simplest terms, addiction is caused by the repeated use of a substance. When the substance repeated is as highly addictive as an opioid, even using it as directed can cause substance dependence. Other significant factors include genetics, previous addictions, and environment. When the user suffers from anxiety, depression, and/or loneliness, drugs can become a way of coping with these painful feelings. But as inevitably happens, the abuse of substances will make these problems worse.
What Are Co-occurring Disorders?
When conditions such as anxiety and depression exist alongside an addiction, they are referred to as co-occurring disorders. The spectrum for these co-occurring disorders can be broad, ranging from mild depression to bipolar disorder and beyond. An integrated treatment program, like the kind we offer at BLVD, understands co-occurring conditions as part of a treatment continuum. Our methods are back up by research: Studies indicate that treating both in an integrated approach yields the best outcomes.
Addiction Remakes the Brain
Once a dependence or addiction is achieved through repeated use of a substance, the result is a chronic disorder of the brain. Through overuse, substances literally change the brain’s circuitry by manipulating the more primitive parts of the brain – especially those associated with survival. Through this re-circuiting, the brain develops a compulsive need for the reward that only drugs can provide. These brain changes cause a distortion in thinking, feelings, and perceptions. Addicts will often behave in ways that baffles the understanding of those around them.
Some Help Not Enough
Support groups and 12 step programs, while they have helped many, are very often not enough to address the many obstacles that those suffering from co-occurring disorders face. According to a 2010 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of the approximately 9 million Americans who have co-occurring disorders, only 14 percent received both substance abuse treatment and health treatment in the past year. Nearly 38 percent received no treatment at all.
While research indicates that addiction is itself not caused by emotional or psychiatric problems, more than half of all adults with severe mental illness are afflicted with some type of substance use disorder2. This we know: Addiction is not the result of a weakness of the will or a lack of moral fortitude.
What You Get at BLVD
At BLVD, our integrated approach to drug and alcohol treatment is evidence-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed.
What do we mean by that?
- An evidence-based approach to treatment utilizes practices and methods that have been proven effective through a wide range of academic and scientific studies. This model uses medical evidence, patient experience, and the clinical experience of our treatment team, including therapists and case managers.
- A client-centered approach means that our programs are designed for the individual based on their needs and experience. As every client is different, so should their treatment be. By offering a variety of therapies, services, and options, we are able to offer a client-centered program to best address a client’s particular condition and circumstances.
- Traumas such as childhood abuse or the untimely death of a loved one greatly increase the risk of addiction. For instance, those who grew up in a high-stress family are at a much higher risk for drug or alcohol addiction later in life. Therefore, to address the deeper causes of addiction and its triggers, it is important to engage the client with their histories and to do it in a way that is safe, empathetic, and compassionate. Our trauma-informed program understands that addicts often use drugs as a means of finding a solution to their internal problems. Through personal and group therapy and other services we breakdown those problems in order to help the client learn more effective and healthier ways of coping.
- See here for a list of our San Diego facility amenities.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. DrugFacts: Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders. Retrieved June 8, 2016
National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dual Diagnosis. Retrieved June 8, 2016